and natural history have been a lifelong passion for me and are areas in which
I am particularly receptive to new clients. I represent working scientists;
science journalists; and field guide authors who describe, paint, or photograph
the natural world.
Sibley. This list is going to be in alphabetical order, except for
David. His Sibley Guide to Birds (Knopf,
2000) is one of the great achievements in natural history. It
immediately became the best, and bestselling, of all guides to North American
birds. In 7,000 paintings and 100,000 words it revolutionized the art of
identifying wild birds. No one thought it could ever be equaled, but his Sibley Guide To
Trees (Knopf, 2009), a masterwork of art and science, has done so.
Alderfer. One of the great bird artists working today and a noted
authority on birds, Alderfer is the chief advisor, consultant, and editor for
the National Geographic Societyís birding programs, including the new edition
of the formidable National Geographic Guide to North American Birds.
Collaborating with equally renowned authority Jon Dunn, he is the author of Birding
Essentials from National
Ball. An editor at Nature and author of marvelous hybrids
of history and science, such as Bright Earth: Art And The
Invention of Color; The Devil's Doctor: Paracelsus And The World of
Renaissance Magic and Science
(both Farrar, Straus & Giroux); and Universe of Stone: Chartes Cathedral
and the Origins of Order (HarperCollins).
Barlowe. Barlowe combines a keen understanding of animal physiology
and anatomy (which he learned from his father, the great natural history
illustrator Sy Barlowe); the imagination of a science
fiction and fantasy author; and the storytelling ability of a great novelist.
His classic book, Expedition (Workman),
told the story of a mission to another planet rich with life and was
illustrated with 200 of his paintings that illustrated how evolutionary
processes might work in an alien environment. It was adapted for the Discovery
Channel under the title Alien Planet.
Bartusiak. Director of MIT's science writing program and the author of several major books about cosmology. Her new project, The Day We Found The Universe (Pantheon) is a narrative about the discovery that the Milky Way was not the entire universe but just one small galaxy in an infinite, expanding universe. The discoverer, Edwin Hubble, was one of the most colorful scientists of all time and his larger-than-life personality makes this a vivid personal story that transcends popular science.
David Beadle and Seabrooke
noted naturalists, illustrators, photographers, and science writers are teaming
to write the first definitive guide to moths in a generation, to be published
by Houghton Mifflin.
Les Beletsky. A wildlife biologist at the University of Washington, Les
is renowned for his international perspective, culminating in his most
ambitious work yet, Birds Of The World (Johns
Hopkins University Press). He is also the author of Bird Songs, a remarkable book published by Chronicle which includes
an audio device that plays back recordings of each birdís song. His current
project is International Birding (National
Sean Carroll. He turned evolutionary biology on its head with his groundbreaking work on “evo devo,” the nickname for “evolutionary developmental biology.” His first two books, Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science Of Evo Devo And The Making Of The Animal Kingdom and The Making Of The Fittest: DNA And The Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution (both W. W. Norton) were followed by the National Book Award finalist, Remarkable Creatures: Epic Stories In The Search For The Origins Of Species (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009).
Sir Arthur C. Clarke.† Best known as a grandmaster of
science fiction and author of classics such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Childhoodís
End, Sir Arthur, who died in 2007, was also the author of several hundred
popular science books, articles, and papers, primarily in the area of his two
greatest passions: outer space and the sea.
Cone. Former environmental reporter for the Los Angeles Times and now at Environmental Health news, author of Silent
Snow: The Slow Poisoning Of The Arctic
Cameron Cox and Ken Behrens.†
Authors of Seawatching (Houghton
Mifflin, 2010), a groundbreaking natural history book about the unique
confluence of birds and nature at the zone where land and sea meet, these are
two young, globetrotting naturalists, birders, and outdoorsmen who represent
the upcoming generation in nature study.
Ken Croswell. An astronomer and science author, his latest is Magnificent
Mars (Free Press/Simon & Schuster), which combines a report on the
latest Mars science with scores of breathtaking new close-up photographs of the
Keay Davidson. Science correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author
of several popular science books, such as his biography, Carl Sagan (Wiley). He is now working on The Reluctant
Revolutionary: A Life Of Thomas Kuhn for Oxford
Lydia Denworth. A former Newsweek and People
bureau chief, Denworth's first book is Toxic Truth: A Scientist, A Doctor, And The Battle Over
Lead (Beacon, 2009). Itís the dramatic story of two men who
discovered the harmful effects of lead and their decades-long battle against
the lead industry.
Dickinson. Ithaca, New York-based freelance writer Dickinson's first
major book is Falconer On The Edge (Houghton
Mifflin Harcourt, 2009). As much a study of obsession as it is a book about
nature, it follows one year in the life of a master falconer as he bonds with
and trains his birds and hunts with them in the American West.
Number 15 on Forbesí list of the 25
most influential people on the Internet, Doctorow is an essayist, thinker, blogger, and critic on the subject of electronic media, the Internet, and the future of high-tech communication. He is also one of the most acclaimed of the new young generation of science fiction novelists and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Little Brother (2008), Makers (2009), and For the Win (2010), all from Tor Books.
Eric Jay Dolin. Dolin is an environmental scientist and an historian, combining both interests in books such as The Smithsonian Book Of National Wildlife Refuges and Leviathan: Whaling And The Making Of America (W. W. Norton). His current project is Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History Of The Fur Trade In America, a history of the American fur trade, to be followed by Far Eastern Fortune: The American China Trade in the Age of Sail, both for Norton.
Alan Dressler. An astronomer who made front pages the world over with his
discoveries, Dressler is the author of Voyage To The
Great Attractor: Exploring Intergalactic Space (Knopf) and New Human (Wiley).
Dunne. Funny enough to be a stand-up comic; eloquent enough to be
a poet; knowledgeable enough to be a scientist, Pete's package of charisma and
information has never been matched. Books include Pete Dunne On Birding, The Feather Quest, and the magisterial Pete
Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion (Houghton Mifflin). He has
currently embarked on a massive project for Houghton Mifflin in which he will
do one book about each of the four seasons, focusing on the human, animal, and
plant dramas that unfold in particular corners of North
America from New Jersey to
the far Arctic.
Ebersole. Author of Gorilla Mountain: The Story Of
Wildlife Biologist Amy Vedder (Joseph Henry Press), Rene is also a senior
editor at Audubon and is widely
published there and in many other major science and natural history magazines.
Elliott. Lang has spent a lifetime obtaining recordings of animals
in the wild and has done more than anyone to create an appreciation for the
"soundscape" of nature. He is also a fine writer and photographer and
has done many books containing CDs so that one can listen to, see, and read
about a wild creature. Current projects for Houghton Mifflin are American
Bird Songs; Frogs And Toads Of North
Night-singing Insects Of North America.
Gallagher.† Tim is the author of the 2005 bestseller, The
Grail Bird: Hot On The Trail Of The Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Houghton
Mifflin), and also of Falcon Fever: A Falconer In The 21st
Century (Houghton Mifflin, 2008) which is not only a great book about birds
but was voted one of the ten best sports books of the year by Booklist.† He is the editor of Living Bird, the
magazine of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
Suzie Gilbert. Flyaway (HarperCollins, 2009) is
Gilbertís often funny, often sad memoir of her years working as a bird
rehabilitator out of her home, balancing the needs of young kids, a skeptical
husband, and scores of injured crows, hawks, owls, nuthatches, and other wild
birds.† It sold to HarperCollins for a
record mid-six-figure advance.
Harris. An environmental journalist whose first book is Grave
Matters: A Journey Through the
Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial
(Scribner, 2007). It's an entertaining look at an interesting subculture: the
world of environmentally-friendly burials. Thanks to my handling of this book
I've decided to be buried at sea, and I look forward to some shark converting
my flesh back to water, air, and earth in due time.
Hawley. Author Of Against The Fires Of Hell:
The Environmental Disaster Of The Gulf War (Harcourt) and now at
work on a very different book, Men And Oak (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
about the 5,000 years in which human history has been intertwined with the
natural history of the oak.
Himmelman. Himmelman's Discovering Moths is a classic that has
introduced a generation to the unexpected delight of looking around in a
nighttime back yard and discovering that your homely little world is host to
hundreds of beautiful, bizarre flying creatures. He is now at work on Cricket
Radio, a mixture of memoir and natural history about the world of
nightsinging insects, for Harvard University Press, as well as a field guide to
nightsinging insects (illustrated by Mike DiGiorgio) for Stackpole Books.
Steve N. G. Howell and Jon Dunn. These
are two of the most knowledgeable and experienced authorities on birds anywhere
on earth. Their latest collaboration is Gulls Of
North America (Houghton Mifflin), the ultimate guide to learning about and
identifying this fascinating family of birds.
Humphries. A Boston-based freelancer, Humphries has written about
pediatric medicine and microscopes, but natural history is her first love. Her
current project is Superdove: The Making Of The
Pigeon, in which she studies the ubiquitous bird (one of the most
successful wild species) and its unique relationship with man. The publisher is
Chris Impey. Professor of astronomy at Seward
Observatory at the University
author of The Living Cosmos for Random House. This
book examines the search for life (in all forms, from primitive biochemical
activity to cellular life to intelligent life) throughout the cosmos.
Kevin Karlson, Michael O'Brien, and Richard Crossley. Three
of the finest birders in the world have combined to write and photograph The
Shorebird Guide (Houghton Mifflin). More than just a superb field guide,
the book revolutionizes birding with its introduction of "impressionistic
birding," a new approach that emphasizes the overall impact of a bird
rather than merely trying to find its field marks.
Kerasote. One of the best-known contributors to magazines such as Outside and Audubon, Kerasoteís major national bestseller Merle's Door: How
Dogs Might Live If They Were Free (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) has become
one of the most popular animal books of all time and is destined to become a
classic. It's a memoir of Ted's relationship with a feral dog that lived by
hunting its own food, while returning to his home to continue their friendship,
on his own schedule, for 13 years.
Donald Kroodsma. Don's work into the meaning of birdsong revolutionized our
understanding of why birds sing and led to thirty years of adventures and
studies in the wild. His The Singing Life of Birds won the 2006
Burroughs Medal for best nature book of the year and is followed by Birdsong
by the Seasons (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Lam. Lam is under contract to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for what
will be one of the most ambitious, beautiful, and striking nature books ever
attempted, Dragonflies of North America. Scheduled for publication in
2012, the book will contain nearly 2,500 of Lam's exquisite paintings of
dragonflies, as well as his text and range maps. In modern times, only Roger
Tory Peterson's and David Sibley's guides to birds equal it as demonstrations
of the magnificence of natural history illustration, and of the splendid
insanity of a single artist devoting so many years to depicting so many
creatures in such detail.
Gentry Lee. One of the most significant
contributors to the American space program, Lee has designed and run several of
the most exciting projects at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He collaborated
with Carl Sagan on the book and television versions of Cosmos and with
Arthur C. Clarke on several bestselling science fiction novels before
publishing his own science fiction novels such as Double Full Moon Night.
Daniel Mathews and Jim Jackson.
Creators of one of the most innovative field guides ever conceived, America From The Air (Houghton Mifflin). Curious to identify
that mountain, river, or desert, city, or farmland 30,000 feet below as you fly
from Chicago to L.
A.? This book will enable you to do that.
McTaggart. Author of controversial science books in which cutting-edge
new-age ideas are married with hard science, McTaggartís unique role as the
bridge between mysticism and the laboratory has led to bestsellers such as The
Field: The Quest For The Secret Force Of The Universe (HarperCollins,
2001); The Intention Experiment: Can Your Thoughts Change The World?
(Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2008) and Manifesto For A New
World (Simon & Schuster, 2011).
Milner. The longtime editor/contributor to Natural History, his Darwin's Universe (University of California
Press, 2009) is a gigantic, authoritative,
richly-illustrated compendium of everything there is to know about evolution.
Is it a reference book? Is it a popular science narrative? It's a little of
both, a great reading experience that is also an encyclopedia.
Elizabeth Rosenthal.† Her definitive biography of one of my heroes,
Roger Tory Peterson, was published by Globe Pequot/Lyons Press to coincide with
Petersonís 100th birthday in 2008. Please see her web site at
www.petersonbird.com for more information.
Dr. Amy Seidl. †An ecologist with Middlebury College and
the Living Future Organization, Dr. Seidl is also a young mother who lives with
her family in rural Vermont. Her
first book, Early Spring: An Ecologist And Her Children Wake To A Warming World (Beacon),
is a poetic, poignant, but also hard-science look at what global warming is
doing to her tiny corner of Vermont.† It is about the effect of climate change on
butterflies and blueberries today, rather than about Miami being
flooded and palm trees growing in Alaska some
day in the future.
Craig Stanford. The University of Southern
California primatologist is the author of Upright:
The Evolutionary Key to Becoming Human (Houghton
Mifflin), Significant Others: The Ape-Human Continuum and the Quest for Human Nature
(Basic), and other works. His current project is The Last Tortoise (Harvard University Press), in which he takes a
break from apes to celebrate the natural history of one of the most fascinating
creatures in the world, the tortoise.
George Scott & Charles Nix.
Charles Nix is one of the foremost book designers in the world, and George
Scott is one of the most experienced packagers and producers of illustrated,
complex nature books. Working with scientist, naturalist, and writer Ted Floyd
and a team of science advisors, photographers and cartographers under the aegis
of the Smithsonian Institution, they created The Smithsonian Field Guide To The Birds Of
North America (Collins, 2008): the
best of all the photographic guides to North American birds.
Dr. Greg Shriver. A
conservation biologist at the University of Delaware,
Shriverís definitive guide to sparrows will be published by Houghton Mifflin in
Stolzenburg. A wildlife biologist and widely published journalist, and
former editor for Nature Conservancy
Magazine, his first book is Where The Wild
Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Mayhem In a Land of Vanishing
Predators (Bloomsbury USA,
2008). This is a lively portrait of scientists at work as they develop a
controversial new theory about the role of predation in the environment.
Thompson III. Bill has led the teams that have created many books sponsored
by the magazine he edits, Bird Watcher's
Digest. Most recently Identify
Yourself (Houghton Mifflin) gave invaluable tips on the birding world's
thorniest identification problems. Billís solo effort, The Young Birderís Guide To The Birds of
Eastern North America, was published in 2008. Next up is a three book
series on back yard birding from Houghton Mifflin.†
Robert Tuckerman. A Toronto-based evolutionary biologist and scientific
illustrator, author of a heavily illustrated masterwork, Darwin's Orchids
(University of California
Press, 2010). There's nothing like this
book. The text tells the story of Darwin's
work on orchids and their insect pollinators, which enabled him to grasp the
concept of co-evolution. Tuckerman's illustrations of these flowers and bugs
are the zenith of scientific illustration both for their beauty and their
ability to teach what words alone cannot teach.
Tweti. A frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times and other publications on matters involving
animals and nature, her first book, Of
Parrots And People: The
Sometimes Funny, Always Fascinating, and Often Catastrophic Collision of Two
Intelligent Species (Viking, 2007) celebrates both the intense bond between
people and their parrots, and the appalling crimes of traffickers who smuggle
parrots into the U.S.
nature photographs are unique. Their beauty and clarity are unrivaled, but more
important, each one contains a Shakespearean level of
drama, conflict, and action in their depiction of the world of New
York City birds. These pictures, along with Cal's
entertaining and informative text, have appeared in two books, Birds of Central
Park (Abrams) and Predators of New York City.
Zickefoose. The greatest triple threat in natural history since Roger
Tory Peterson, she is a biologist, nature writer, and painter. Her first book
was Letters From Eden, a collection of her
essays and paintings (Houghton Mifflin), followed by Life Birds (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010).